Over the past week, the fourth graders have been preparing for our fall/winter planting season. They tilled the garden beds and amended the soil with organic fertilizer (“Chickety Doo Doo” has to be the BEST name ever for fertilizer!). Today, they planted some flower seeds (marigolds and nasturtiums) around the edges of the garden beds as rabbit deterrents. Next week, we will plant a variety of winter vegetables, including beets, cabbage, carrots, radishes, turnips, kale, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, chard, brussel sprouts, peas, and onions.
We are also experimenting with self-watering pots/seed-starters. Today, we reused plastic bottles and made pots that suck up water to keep their soil constantly moist. You cut the bottle in half, invert the top half, punch a hole in the lid, and string yarn through the hole. The yarn wicks the water from the reservoir below into the soil, keeping it damp. I did the cutting and hole-punching, and the fourth graders inserted the yarn and filled the pots with soil. To see our inspiration, check out this website:
Here are a few pictures of our seed starters. They are watered and ready to plant seeds in next week!